First – I apologise for these photos. Apparently it’s been so long since I blogged, I forgot that photos in the evening in October are bloody awful. In fact, I can’t even bear to show you the finished cookie because it was half 9 in the evening and even with my lights everywhere, it still looked rubbish.
Another rubbish thing about October is that it’s starting to get cold and you really want something sweet to eat, but you can’t be bothered to go out. Let me introduce you to my favourite thing – frozen cookie dough.
It doesn’t look like much, but after a few minutes in the oven (or…um…a few minutes on the side to soften up a bit DON’T YOU JUDGE ME – it’s like the cookie bits in Ben and Jerry’s, but with ingredients that you can actually pronounce) you’ve got a sweet treat to eat any time. (And it’s easy to just bake one or two at a time – this recipe is great if you want to bake but don’t want to end up with a dozen cupcakes to eat yourself)
The basic cookie mix is made of:
- 225g self raising flour
- 150g butter
- 150g sugar (caster preferably, but lets face it, this is the sort of recipe that you can put together from anything in your cupboard, so granulated is fine)
- 1 tbsp milk
Line a few baking trays with greaseproof paper, and if you’re going to be baking some off now, preheat the oven to 200C.
I’m pretty lazy with cooking (have you ever seen my fairy cake recipe?) “Whack everything in the food processor” is my default for recipes because it’s one bowl to clean (I weigh everything straight into the bowl) and it’s just so much less faff. If you’re like me, first put your butter into the food processor and pulse a few times to break it up a bit. Put the flour and sugar in, and mix for a few minutes until it starts to combine. Use the milk if needed to make it stick together better (You’ll be able to judge this best).
If you like to do things properly, beat the butter to soften it up, then add in the sugar to make a grainy buttery paste (mmm…er….don’t eat it.) then sift in the flour and combine it all together along with the milk.
Now your dough is ready, add in your flavours. Chocolate pieces or chips work well (of course)
Roll your dough into balls, and put on the trays. If you’re going to bake them, spread them out, but if you’re going to freeze them, you can bunch them together a bit more, then pop the baking tray into the freezer for a few hours. Once they’re hard, put them into a tupperware box and put back in the freezer for emergencies.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes depending if you want a lovely soft cookie or a nice biscuitty type one. If you’re baking straight from the freezer, give it an extra minute or two – just keep an eye on it. There are no eggs in the recipe, so it’s OK to under bake them a little bit.
If you do bake for a shorter time, let the cookies harden slightly when you take them out of the oven because you’ll burn your mouth and they’re still very soft and fall apart when they first come out. Still yummy though.